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Hamsterley hopefuls to face old and new.

THIS year's Stockton and District MC-run Tour of Hamsterley rally will again start and finish in the SmithKline Glaxo car parks in Barnard Castle.

After discussions with the Forestry Commission, Stockton DMC have also confirmed they will use two sections of road in Hamsterley not used for many years.

That has allowed organisers to plan different stage routes which are expected to be just as testing as previous years.

Despite the long winter and poor weather the forest tracks are in a surprisingly good condition which we hope will lead to an exciting and competitive event on May 9. Coupled with Hamsterley are two stages in Stang which also differ from last year.

Regulations and entry forms are available to download from www.tourofhamsterley.co.uk - for further information including marshalling contact stocktonmotorclub@hotmail.co.uk SO successful were the 2009 school holiday Karting for a Fiver campaigns at the Teesside Autodrome that the promotion is to be repeated at the circuit on the Wednesdays and Thursdays of the Easter break between 10am and 4pm.

For pounds 5, children aged 8-16 will receive a briefing from the karting centre's instructors, full kit and then at least five laps of track time. Further sessions can be booked at a discount.

For details or book a place, phone Teesside Karting on 01642 231117.

WITH big race meetings for both bikes and cars scheduled for the season at Croft, race fans can pre-purchase tickets in advance and as well as guaranteeing entry, they offer a saving on race day prices.

The popular MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship makes a return visit to Croft over the weekend of September 10-12 and big crowds are again expected.

Demand for tickets is once again sure to be high so pre-booking is recommended.

Advance adult tickets cost pounds 13 (Saturday), pounds 27 (Sunday) and pounds 33 (weekend) and strictly limited Grandstand tickets are on sale at just pounds 7 each.

The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship again visits Yorkshire's only permanent racetrack over the weekend of June 19-20 and with capacity grids and a host of top line supporting races (including the Ginetta Junior Championship featuring Wolviston's Alex Austin), is one of the must see events of the summer.

Advance adult tickets cost pounds 13 (Saturday), pounds 27 (Sunday) and pounds 33 (weekend) and strictly limited Grandstand tickets are on sale at just pounds 7 each.

As with all Croft events, all accompanied children aged 15 and under are admitted free and there is free parking and free paddock access.

Season tickets are also available as follows: Full season ticket (every meeting, Saturday and Sunday) -pounds 155 each; Car season ticket - pounds 110 each; Bike season ticket - pounds 45 each.

More details can be found along with booking details at www.croftcircuit.co.uk or by calling the ticket hotline on 01325 721815.

THE autograss season roars back into life this Sunday with Yorkshire Dales AC's first meeting of the year at their Thornborough track.

YDAC dates for 201 are: April 11, April 25, May 3 (Stu Nicholls Memorial), May 23 (qualifying), June 13 (qualifying reserve), July 11, August 1 (Pure Silk Challenge), September 11-12 (Yorkshire Open sponsored by Pure Silk), October 3 BAS reserve, October 24 (reserve date).

The Men's Nationals will be on August 7-8 at Thingehill Court, Withington, Hereford, while Ladies and Juniors National Championship qualifiers have less of a distance to travel - their big event is on September 4-5 at Blyton Airfield, Lincolnshire.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 6, 2010
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